The President of the Republic of Angola, Joao Lourenço, has signed a presidential decree confiding to the aeronautical company Airbus the construction and implementation of its earth observation satellite, named AngoSat -3. The regulatory text was published in the Angolan Official Gazette on May 8, 2019.
The new satellite will enable the country to monitor its borders, collect information on remote areas, monitor forests, monitor deforestation trends, sea level rise, coastal erosion, marine pollution.
The AngoSat-3 satellite construction and implementation contract is valued at US $ 179 million. It has already been signed with Airbus in France. Once in space, AngoSat-3 will have a lifespan of 10 years. It will be managed by the Funda Center, located in the vicinity of the capital Luanda, with the participation of Angolan staff.
The construction of AngoSat-3 is part of the National Spatial Strategy of the Republic of Angola for the period 2016-2025 and whose main objective is the conquest of space for social, economic and positioning development. of Angola.
Angosat-3 will follow Angosat-2, the telecommunication satellite, which was also entrusted to Airbus, according to Jose Carvalho da Rocha, the Angolan Minister of Telecommunications, for nearly 320 million US dollars.
The AngoSat -2 that will be put into orbit in 2021, will replace the AngoSat-1, built by the Russian company RKK Energia, launched into space in December 2018 and lost due to technical problems.